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Area teacher nominated for Golden Apple Award

Tesha Castillo
Tesha Castillo

CHICAGO – Golden Apple – the leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting great educators who advance educational opportunities for students – recently announced the 2020 finalists for the prestigious Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. 

After a highly competitive process, 30 educators were selected as finalists for the award – just 4% percent of a record-setting 732 nominations received from 64 counties in Illinois. 

Among them was Tesha Castillo, a teacher at LEARN 6 Charter School in Great Lakes.

The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and school communities. Teacher finalists demonstrate in their teaching and results significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning. Fellow educators, students, parents and community members nominate teachers for the awards. Teachers may not self-nominate.

Award recipients are selected by master educators who understand and recognize instructional best practices and who use professional standards to evaluate exemplary teachers and school leaders. Members of the selection committee viewed video evidence of instruction and will observe finalists’ teaching in-person in their classrooms – a comprehensive day that includes direct observation of in-classroom teaching accompanied by interviewing finalists’ colleagues, school leaders, students, parents and community members. 

Award finalists will be honored Feb. 22 at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Leadership at the Q Center in St. Charles. Event details and tickets are available at

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